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Dreaming of Tiananmen

The immediate impact of the protests in China should not be overstated. Yet, this is the first sign of cracks in the post-Tiananmen consensus that built 21st-century China

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Tiananmen Square protests | China | BS Opinion

Mihir S Sharma 



Mihir S Sharma

Over the past week, a lot of people around the world will have been thinking about the of 1989. The ongoing protests in the People’s Republic of China, sparked essentially by its draconian “Covid Zero” policy, do not approach the scale or nature of the 1989 protests. Nor are they either large or widespread enough to force the Chinese Communist Party to change course about anything it sees as fundamental to its rule. Yet they are in many ways of a different quality from localised protests in the past. Some former leaders of the 1989 student protests, who are now in exile in Taiwan or in the West, have noted that these are the first demonstrations in that have explicitly referenced the liberal freedoms that the Tiananmen Square activists were fighting for.

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First Published: Fri, December 02 2022. 22:52 IST

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